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William H. Bitzer

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William H. Bitzer

Posted: 1 Mar 2004 10:45PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Bitzer, Young, Wiedenhoft & Duffy
“History of Huntington County, Indiana”1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 791-92

William H. Bitzer. One of the prosperous German farming men of Dallas township and one of the best citizens of the community is William H. Bitzer, who is a native son of Wabash county, born in Lagro township on March 4, 1859. Much of his life was passed in that county, and he had his early education there. He is a son of John and Christian (Young) Bitzer, both natives of Germany, who came to the United States with their parents as young people. They met in Wabash county, Indiana, and there were married. The father acquired a farm through the exercise of his inherent qualities of thrift and energy, after spending some time in the construction work on the Wabash & Erie Canal, and he prospered in his farming activities, spending his later years in practical retirement. Of the nine children born to them, five are living at this time, Mary, Josephine, Sarah, Louise and William H., of this review.

William H. Bitzer was reared on the home farm, and had his education in the district schools. He came to Huntington county, settling in Dallas township in 1892, and here he has come to be the owner of a comfortable and productive farm, that, in response to his care, yields him a nice income. Of his lands, which comprise two hundred acres, about ninety-four acres lie in his Dallas township farm, while the remainder are in Wabash county, Lagro township. He has farmed creditably as did his father, and he is situated most comfortably as a result of his industry.

Mr. Bitzer is a member of the Evangelical church, and is a class leader in that body. He is also a trustee, and is superintendent of the Sunday school, a post he has held for some years. Politically he has long been a republican, but in the campaign of 1912 he cast his vote with the progressive side. He is a member of the township advisory board and has been for some time. He is a stockholder in the Farmers’ Trust Company at Huntington and in the Farmers’ National Life Insurance Company of East Chicago.

In 1883 Mr. Bitzer married Hannah Wiedenhoft, who was born in Ohio, and three children were born to them. Iona, the wife of Clarence Baker; Ralph, a resident of Coleman, Michigan; and Clarence, who was graduated from the Andrews high school before he was sixteen years of age, and is now a student at the North Manchester College.

In the autumn of 1898 the wife and mother died, and in 1903 Mr. Bitzer married Cora Duffy. Four children have blessed this second marriage, Nondas, Chester, Homer and Lawrence. The family are prominent in the community, where Mr. Bitzer is recognized among the most upright and progressive men of Dallas township.

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